The Noise Consultancy (TNC) offers assistance in the following areas: all aspects of community noise enforcement, noise ordinance drafting, expert testimony and studies, certified sound level measurements and surveys, permit applications and Environmental Impact Statements, impacted resident advocacy, and occupational hearing conservation programs.
TNC President, Eric M. Zwerling
), is the Director of the Rutgers Noise Technical Assistance Center
(RNTAC), Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey. He has been engaged in private consulting since 1992. In 2000, he served as the expert witness for the City of New York Law Department. Mr. Zwerling and TNC staff conducted extensive sound level measurements and audio recording in Manhattan, prepared a 156 page expert report, and affidavits. Mr. Zwerling was deposed for over 7 hours, and assisted in deposing plaintiffs' expert. TNC staff conducted a sound demonstration for the Court in Times Square. The Opinion and Order
of the Court quoted extensively from TNC submissions in ruling in our favor [99 Civ. 3381 (SAS)(2/15/00)
]. Mr. Zwerling has subsequently been contracted to resolve problematic enforcement matters by the New York State Attorney General's Office, and the City of Philadelphia Law Department, Environmental & Regulatory Compliance Division.
Mr. Zwerling assists municipalities to draft noise ordinances that are simple, enforceable, efficient, and tailored to the specific needs of the jurisdiction. Codes Mr. Zwerling has drafted have been adopted in jurisdictions across the country from Lafayette, LA, to Traverse City, MI, and Newport, RI, to Walton County, FL. Once the code is in place, he then trains their enforcement personnel in the techniques and strategies of sound level measurements for enforcement purposes, including courtroom tactics. He has trained over 3,500 enforcement officers in the past 14 years. The certification conferred by the Rutgers University course, Community Noise Enforcement,
required for all enforcement agents in the state of New Jersey (pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:29-2.11), and is recognized in numerous jurisdictions across the United States. As far as we know, this is the only certification program of national scope in existence. Mr. Zwerling also developed and delivered several new courses including: Vehicular Noise Enforcement, Motor Sports Ordinance Enforcement,
and Octave Band Analysis for Enforcement
. Aside from the courses offered every quarter at Rutgers University, the RNTAC has offered on-site certification courses for cities all across the United States, and now internationally, with a course for the country of Barbados, West Indies in 2004 (for a complete listing of courses see Mr. Zwerling's resume
). Mr. Zwerling developed a Model Noise Ordinance for Barbados and conducted discussions on turning a proposed Noise Policy into noise regulation with the Environmental Engineering Division of the Ministry of Housing, Lands and the Environment .
Mr. Zwerling often delivers invited lectures at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and has presented invited papers/workshops for the International Association of Municipal Lawyers, the American Association of Code Enforcement, the Michigan Municipal League, the New York State Association of Towns, the Michigan Association of Municipal Lawyers, the Acoustical Society of America, and the Institute for Noise Control Engineering. He has been interviewed by the CBS Evening News, the New York Times, Consumer Reports, National Public Radio, Governing, and various newspapers. His work was featured in a CBC documentary "Sound and Fury," and a documentary by The Learning Channel which filmed his course "Vehicular Sound Enforcement."
TNC Vice President, Stephen M. Szulecki
) is formerly the Director of the Air Pollution Training Program and Assistant Instructor on the Faculty, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey. As Director of the Air Pollution Training Program he has trained in excess of 3,000 professionals over a ten-year period. He is an Approved Noise Control Investigator
by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:29-2.11. Mr. Szulecki's has conducted sound studies for: City of New York Law Department; New York City Police Department; Ethicon Corporation; Bristol Myers Squibb; McDonalds Corporation; Costanza Residential; Ryan Homes; Republic Services of New Jersey; New England Waste; and Magic Disposal, among others. These studies involved acoustical concepts that, among others, included: source and ambient sound level measurements; barrier attenuation; distance, ground and atmospheric attenuation; and, sound transmission loss through structures. He has conducted HUD compliance measurements and analyses, and has also constructed numerous acoustical models including the permit application for Browning Ferris Industries' Tremley Point Marine Facility.
Mr. Szulecki has extensive residential construction knowledge that he has used in consultation with clients in improving the acoustical envelope of new construction or renovations.
Mr. Szulecki served as an independent consultant to Rutgers University on a research project entitled: "Road Noise Educational Outreach Program," for the New Jersey Department of Transportation. In this project he provided expertise in the areas of residential acoustical construction, the efficacy of low cost sound attenuation measures, and the development of training/outreach materials for professionals and the public at large.
Mr. Szulecki has extensive expertise in the field of air pollution measurement and control and continues to serve as a visiting lecturer in air pollution training courses offered by Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He has developed training materials for courses such as Visible Emissions Evaluation and Odor Enforcement. He has also served as a reviewer of training materials for the USEPA, Air Pollution Training Institute.
Mr. Szulecki has offered expert testimony in municipal court and at local planning board meetings.
TNC Staff, Dawn Mason, recently completed the Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering. She is formerly the Director of the Air Training Program, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey. She is an Approved Noise Control Investigator by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:29-2.11.
TNC Staff, Paul Sauers, holds the degree of Masters of Library Science (MLS), and is an information/reference specialist. He has served on the reference staff of Rutgers University and municipal libraries.
Mr. Sauers currently also serves as an hourly employee at the Rutgers Noise Technical Assistance Center (RNTAC), and his duties include literature searches on several noise-related topics, as needed. He has conducted extensive searches in that capacity, in various areas of environmental and transportation noise. As a result, he has good familiarity with the available resources and has established working relationships with non-profit, business and government transportation officials. His knowledge of the invisible web (databases/information not found in search engines), and the development of pathfinders (guides to the literature on particular topics) has proven invaluable.
He is an Approved Noise Control Investigator by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:29-2.11, and currently serves as the grader for all of the courses offered by the RNTAC.
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